State trooper ‘ambushed’ by gunman while closing a highway lane for a construction zone – takes out shooter

MIAMI, FL – A Florida Highway Patrol officer narrowly escaped an ambush by a gunman on a busy highway and managed to return fire, injuring the man. The trooper was closing a lane for a construction zone when the gunman abruptly stopped his car and opened fire.

The shooting occurred on Wednesday at about 2 p.m. at the intersection of Miami Gardens Drive and West Dixie Highway. The gunman parked his white car in traffic near the trooper’s vehicle, exited, and approached the trooper.

Florida Highway Patrol Major Christopher Dellapietra said the gunman approached the police vehicle while the trooper sat inside and began firing. He said the trooper responded quickly:

“The subject approached the patrol car and began firing into the patrol vehicle. At which time, the trooper immediately responded and returned fire, striking the subject in the roadway and ceasing the threat.”

Trooper stands over wounded gunman - Screenshot courtesy of WPLG on YouTube
Trooper stands over wounded gunman – Screenshot courtesy of WPLG on YouTube

The trooper was not hit during the shootout, but his marked patrol car was struck with multiple bullets. Video from the scene showed at least four bullet holes in the driver’s side window of the vehicle.

Witness Matthew Cooper told Sky 10 News that he was amazed the trooper was not shot:

“(The driver) just got out, stopped, got out, ran to the state trooper who was there on detail all day, and shot through the window.”

Four bullet holes can be seen in the trooper's patrol car - Screenshot courtesy of NBC News
Four bullet holes can be seen in the trooper’s patrol car – Screenshot courtesy of NBC News

Cooper said he saw the trooper trying to give aid to the wounded gunman after the shooting:

“He (the trooper) was in severe shock, as anyone would have been, and he was just actually more focused on helping that individual.”

During the gunfire, a bullet struck a nearby window at the nearby Greenfield Animal Hospital. There were no injuries inside.

Cellphone video captured the moments following the shooting as the trooper with his gun drawn stood over the attacker, who was lying on the ground next to the police vehicle. The trooper then picked up the man’s firearm and placed it on the back of the police vehicle.

Ariel view of scene shows suspect's gun on police car trunk - Screenshot courtesy of WPLG on YouTube
Ariel view of scene shows gun on police car trunk – Screenshot courtesy of WPLG on YouTube

Highway Patrol Lt. Alejandro Camacho said, “It almost seems like the trooper was targeted.”

Another video showed the suspect lying on the ground moving his hands after the shooting. He was transported by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. The suspect was listed in critical but stable condition.

The trooper was not injured. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident, and the officer has been placed on administrative leave, as is the case with all officer-involved shootings.

Another view of the Trooper with gun drawn standing over gunman - Screenshot courtesy of WPLG on YouTube
Another view of the Trooper with gun drawn standing over gunman – Screenshot courtesy of WPLG on YouTube

This ambush comes just two days after two FBI agents were killed about 40 miles away in Sunrise, Florida. FBI Special Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger were killed in a shootout while executing a search warrant at an apartment complex.

Three other agents were wounded. The suspect died at the scene.

Agents were serving a child pornography warrant on the suspect when he barricaded himself inside his residence. The investigation is still putting together the events that triggered the exchange of gunfire.

Police had to crash a SWAT vehicle into the building to provide cover for the injured agents to be removed from the scene.

Miami FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro called the shooting and deaths of the agents a “very dark day for the FBI”:

“Our chosen profession is fraught with danger. Today this grim reality has taken two of our best from our family”

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Sources: At least two FBI agents dead, three critically injured in shootout with child porn suspect

February 2, 2021

SUNRISE, FL — Several FBI agents attempting to serve a warrant to search for child pornography at an apartment were shot at by the suspect who barricaded himself in the residence. There are unconfirmed reports that two FBI agents were killed and three were critically injured.

Fox 46 reported that a large contingent of law enforcement officers gathered outside a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, where shooting victims were taken, according to television video.

After the shootout, the suspect reportedly set the apartment on fire and then committed suicide.

The Sunrise Fire Rescue told NBC Miami News the shootings occurred after 6 a.m. this morning in the vicinity of 10100 Reflections Boulevard West, between North Nob Hill Road and Hiatus Road in Sunrise.

FBI agents and police officers from the Sunrise Police Department and Davie Police Department had swarmed the neighborhood.

Otisha Browning-Smith, a spokesperson for the Sunrise Police Department, said an FBI agent was serving a warrant when shots were fired and that paramedics were called to the scene.

Initially, a representative from the FBI confirmed that there were injuries as a result of the shooting, but declined to give any further information, according to Local 10 News.

However, the FBI later confirmed the deaths of two agents and injuries sustained by three other agents during the incident. Two of the injured agents are in stable condition, while the status of the third is unclear as of this time.  

While authorities did not confirm any deaths, a medical examiner was spotted by the news team arriving at the scene just before 8:30 a.m.

A sergeant from the Davie Police Department told Local 10 News that their units were just assisting in the matter and were not taking the lead in the investigation.

The sergeant said no officers from Davie were involved in the shooting or were injured during the incident.

The suspected gunman from the incident was alleged to have committed suicide, according to local reports

Nob Hill Road has been shut down from Northwest 44th Street to West Oakland Park Boulevard in both directions.

NBC Miami News reported that a heavy police presence, including a SWAT team, remains on the scene as of this morning.

Local residents received an alert on their phones requesting them to remain locked down in their homes due to the current police activity.

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